The Doctrines of Grace
God, in Christ, chose a great host of Adam’s race to salvation before the foundation of the world. He did this according to the good pleasure of His own will and for His own glory (Ephesians 1:4-6).
Those whom God before had chosen had no merit – nothing to commend themselves to God, but were dead in trespasses and sins (II Timothy 2:9, Ephesians 2:1).
Jesus Christ came in the flesh; joined Himself to humanity by the womb of a virgin and on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem bore all the sins of all those chosen people whom God had purposed to save. Jesus the Lord by His own suffering on the cross satisfied the justice and judgment of God and by Himself obtained eternal redemption for all those whose sins He bore. He then arose from the dead – having put sin away – and is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven (Matthew 1:23; John 10:11; Isaiah 53:6, Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 1:3).
The glorious Gospel of God is now calling those whom God has chosen unto salvation. They are being taught of God to see their need of saving mercy, and they come crying out for it to be manifested to them. These are being called in such a powerful manner – which is effectual – they cannot and will not resist. They all come to Christ and believe on Him to the saving of their soul (II Thessalonians 2:13-14; John 6:44-45; Matthew 9:12-13; Luke 18:13-14; Psalms 110:3; Acts 16:31).
Those whom Jesus Christ has died for and redeemed will not only be called and justified, but they – each and every one – will never be lost again. The Spirit of God that regenerated and called them and gave them faith will continue His good work of grace in them, until they are with Him who loved them and died for them, where they will rest until the resurrection. At which time their bodies shall be suddenly raised and fashioned like the glorious body of Christ Himself, to be – body and soul – forever with the Lord (John 10:29; Philippians 1:6; Revelations 14:13; I Corinthians 15:51-57; Philippians 3:20-21; I Thessalonians 4:17).
All this and so much more that cannot in this world be told nor comprehended; all to the praise and glory to the one God of heaven and earth who has manifest himself in the Trinity of his sacred and glorious person. To him be glory both now and forever. Give him glory all ye ministers whom he has called to preach his word. Give him glory all ye elect sinners whom he has called by his grace.
By Donald Bell